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It is the best Nespresso machine comparison guide out there.
I have spent the last five years testing kitchen appliances and Keurig coffee makers, including French press, drip coffee makers, single-cup brewers, and coffee accessories like travel mugs, coffee grinders, and coffee pod holders. I did the legwork to compare all 21 Nespresso models — old like Creatista Uno and new like Vertuo Next — small like Pixie or Essenza Mini and large like Lattissima Pro —- affordable like Inissia and expensive like Creatista Plus — and 2 Nespresso compatible Original machines like Mixpresso and Instant Pod — so you can easily find the right one for you.
This guide is broken into Thirteen sections:
- Quick Summary of 23 Real Espresso Machines
- Top Picks: 3 of the best Nespresso Original machines and real espresso machines
- Buying Guide: 3 tips when buying a Nespresso machine
- How We Test the Best Nespresso Machines?
- What’s The Best Nespresso Machine?
- Best Nespresso Original Line Machines By Category
- Best Small Original Nespresso Machines
- Best Expensive Nespresso Machines with Integrated Steam Pipe (More Expensive Nespresso Models)
- Nespresso OriginalLine Discontinued Models
- Best Nespresso Compatible Machines with OriginalLine Pods
- Best Expensive Original Line Machines with Integrated Milk Frother
- Nespresso Original Line Machine Guide
- Verdict: Which is the best Nespresso OriginalLine machine?
Are you ready?
Let’s dive in.
Quick Summary of 23 Best Nespresso Machines
We Rounded Up Well Over 23 Espresso and best Nespresso Machines; let’s have a look!
- Best Overall: Nespresso Essenza Plus by DeLonghi with Aeroccino3, Black
- Best regular coffee and espresso machine by DeLonghi: Nespresso CitiZ & Milk
- Best User-Friendly: Nespresso Pixie
- Best Little Nespresso Coffee Maker: Nespresso CitiZ
- Best reliable and compact machine: Nespresso Essenza Mini
- Best Tini Nespresso Machine: Nespresso Inissia
- A machine offers you an array of customizable recipes: Nespresso Creatista Pro
- Best Nespresso Machine for Lattes and Cappuccinos: Nespresso Creatista Plus
- The Machine with integrated steam pipe: Nespresso Creatista Uno
- Best for Smooth Milk Recipes: Nespresso Gran Lattissima
- Best for do-it-yourself specialty drinks: Nespresso Lattissima Pro
- Best Original Nespresso Machine with Integrated Milk Frother: Nespresso Lattissima Touch
- Most Affordable One-Touch Cappuccino Machine ever: Nespresso Lattissima Plus
- Best Traditional Espresso Machine: Nespresso Lattissima One
- Best for Espresso: Nespresso U (Discontinued)
- One of Nespresso’s WiFi-enabled Models: Nespresso Prodigio (Discontinued)
- Best for Espresso Based Drinks: Nespresso Expert (Discontinued)
- Best for Third-Party Original Line Nespresso Capsules: Nespresso KitchenAid (Discontinued)
- The Sole Representative of Creatista Series: Nespresso Creatista (Discontinued)
- Best for Both Hot and Cold Foam: Nespresso Atelier (Discontinued)
- The Machine With Aluminum Material: Nespresso Gran Maestria (Discontinued)
- Best Nespresso Compatible Machine: Mixpresso Espresso Machine
- Best Machine for Original Line Nespresso’s Capsules and Keurig K Cups: Instant Pod
The Coffee Aim’s Top Picks
Best Value Pick: Nespresso Essenza Plus
The Bottom Line
Essenza Plus offers a delicious espresso, a Lungo, an Americano, or even tea, with a handy one-touch capsule ordering button right on the machine, a larger 34 oz reservoir, and an Aeroccino3 milk frother.
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Best For Easy Latte: Nespresso Lattissima Pro
The Bottom Line
Notable for its large 44 oz water reservoir that can be moved around to accommodate any size counter space and 16 oz milk container, Lattissima Pro is the top-end Lattissima model best for third-party capsules. It has an integrated frother and 6 preset recipes on an interactive touchscreen display to make anyone a home barista.
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Best Nespresso Compatible Machine: Instant Pod
The Bottom Line
Instant Pod by Instant Pot company is the best Nespresso compatible machine, notable for its 2-in-1 multi-functions. It is compatible with all single-serve K-Cups, generic universal reusable K-Cups, and regular and reusable Original Line Nespresso capsules (compatible with third-party capsules). A large 68 oz removable water reservoir can easily move around to accommodate any size counter space.
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How We Test the Best Nespresso Machines?
We have well-developed more than 23 best Nespresso machines in the lab; we have produced one cup of each size that can be made with these espresso machines by using the Nespresso brand and third-party capsules, including espresso and lungo. If the machine had milk frother, we would have made all the popular milk recipes, including latte, latte macchiato, flat white, etc. We tried all the milk recipes with both oat and skim milk.
What’s The Best Nespresso Machine?
We’ve reviewed and rated all 21 models of OriginalLine Nespresso models along with 2 models of Nespresso compatible machines to give you an overall ranking of the best Nespresso machines.
As everyone has their preferences about likes and dislikes, your likes may differ from mine. So I’ve added some of the top picks above and highlighted some of the best Nespresso Original Line machines.
- Best Small Nespresso Machine: Nespresso Essenza Mini
- Best Affordable Nespresso Compatible Machine: Mixpresso Espresso Machine
- Most Luxurious Nespresso Machine: Nespresso Creatista Pro
If you are unsure which is right for you, the next section should help.
Best Nespresso Original Line Machines By Category
What’s the difference between OriginalLine Nespresso machines? We’ve put together a handy side-by-side list below the rankings. We’ve divided all machines into the following three sections:
- Best Small Original Nespresso Machines
- Best Expensive Original Nespresso Machines
- Best Original Nespresso Compatible Machines
Best Small Original Nespresso Machines
Nespresso Essenza Plus
Perfect for a delicious espresso, a lungo, an Americano, or even tea, Nespresso Essenza Plus (compatible with third-party capsules) is a hair larger than Essenza Mini, and it is our 5th mini espresso machine that makes espresso with a pressure of 19 bar. It is slightly larger than Asenza Mini, offering its users a 34-ounce water reservoir for their brews. This particular machine weighs 7 pounds! If you want something small but still satisfying, make sure not to miss out on this one because it’s auto-off after 9 minutes, so there are no worries about running dry or forgetting it turned off when leaving home.
If you are used to creating latte art, espresso-based drinks, and milk recipes, you can buy a separate milk frother (Aeroccino3).
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Notable for the 19 bar pump system (compatible with third-party capsules), Nespresso Citiz is our 2nd mini espresso machine that makes espresso and a barista-style single-serve regular coffee every time. With its two programmable cup size buttons, it makes Espresso (1.35 oz) and Lungo (5 oz) and proves itself a great coffee maker for all your single-serve coffee needs. Make a delicious espresso or lungo and pour over ice to create your favorite Iced Coffee. You can buy Aeroccino 3 milk frother to create latte art and perfect finish for your regular coffee beverages such as cappuccino, frappuccino, macchiato, latte macchiato, and other espresso-based drinks.
Adjustable cup size with two programmable Espresso (1. 35 oz. ) and Lungo (5 oz. ) buttons making CitiZ a great coffee maker for all your regular coffee needs. Pour over ice to create your favorite Iced Coffee. Removable Nespresso capsule container, folding drip pan for a taller glass, and water tank (34 oz. ) enhance its functionality.
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Nespresso CitiZ & Milk
Nespresso Citiz & Milk (compatible with third-party capsules) is the 3rd mini espresso machine with a fast heat-up system that reaches the ideal temperature in just 25 seconds. Adjustable cup size with two programmable Espresso (1. 35 oz. ) and Lungo (5 oz. ) buttons making CitiZ a great coffee maker for all your regular coffee needs. Pour over ice to create your favorite Iced Coffee drinks. Removable Espresso capsule container, drip catcher, and water reservoir (34 oz. ) for quick and simple cleaning. It has a folding drip tray for a taller glass; moreover, the Aeroccino 3 milk frother is included to create latte art and the perfect finish for your regular coffee beverages such as cappuccino, latte macchiato, and other espresso-based drinks.
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Pixie is our 4th mini espresso machine (compatible with third-party capsules) that has all the features of a typical Original Line machine: 19 bar pump pressure, 25-second heat-up time, two separate cup sizes, espresso (1.35 oz), and lungo (5 oz) at the touch of a button, etc. What sets Pixie apart from other Original Line machines? Its compact size makes it easy to fit in any small box in your kitchen and can be your best travel companion. You can buy a separate milk frother to create latte art and make a frappuccino, macchiato, latte macchiato, and other espresso-based drinks, regular coffee, and milk recipes.
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Nespresso Essenza Mini
Our favorite bang-for-your-buck Nespresso machine (compatible with third-party capsules), the Essenza Mini, is our 1st mini espresso machine that delivers no-fuss espresso in a durable, compatible with Nespresso brand and third-party capsules, awesome-looking unique compact design. In addition, it is a natural complement to your kitchen.
At just 5.1 lbs weight and just 3.2″ wide, the Essensa Mini brews 1.35 oz espresso up to 3.70 oz lungo at the push of a button, and for a larger cup of coffee, you can add water, which is called an Americano. Mini is Nespresso’s smallest single-serve espresso maker having a fantastic value. You can buy a separate frother to create latte art.
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Our 5th mini espresso machine with a couple of upgrades over the 3.2″ wide Essenza Mini (compatible with third-party capsules), Inissia offers two different cup sizes; Espresso (1.35 oz) and Lungo (5 oz) at the touch of a button. You can pour over ice to create your favorite iced coffee drinks. Its folding drip pan accommodates larger single-serve cup sizes, espresso-based drinks, and milk recipes. Its smart energy-saving mode automatically switches off our coffee maker after 9 minutes. Buy a separate frother to create latte art.
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Best Expensive Nespresso Machines with Integrated Steam Pipe (More Expensive Nespresso Models)
Nespresso Creatista Pro
The Creatista Pro Brushed Stainless Steel is one of the more expensive Nespresso models with an electronic recipe maker (compatible with third-party capsules), easy to use, and sets your preferences. It offers one-touch convenience for everything from ristretto shots to lattes with professional-quality frothing wand and a sleek, modern design. The machine can also brew espresso and heat the milk at the same time, the integrated steam pipe makes the perfect hot, smooth foamed milk, and it is perfect to create latte art and other espresso-based drinks.
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Nespresso Creatista Plus
The most luxurious stainless steel design machine (compatible with third-party capsules) with an electronic recipe maker and a dedicated hot water spout for tea and long blacks, Nespresso Creatista Plus, offers freshly brewed coffee as well as delicious authentic espresso. It lets you customize your favorites with a digital display panel that offers size selections from 0.85-5 oz, 3 milk temps, and 3 milk textures for a luxurious experience. In addition, it can turn into your personal espresso-based drinks maker with the integrated steam pipe, allowing you to create top-quality latte art in your kitchen.
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Nespresso Creatista Uno
Creatista Uno is the base model of Nespresso’s Creatista Series (compatible with third-party capsules), which has 3 drink sizes, 3 milk temps, and 3 milk textures with a fully-automatic integrated steam pipe (which can be used manually) for a luxurious coffee experience such as espresso-based drinks and other milk recipes. The water reaches the ideal temperature in less than 25 seconds in a single touch. Pour over ice to create your favorite iced coffee drinks. Use its Swivel frothing arm to create latte art and other milk recipes.
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Best Expensive Original Line Machines with Integrated Milk Frother
Nespresso Gran Lattissima
The newest of Nespresso’s 5 Lattissima machines (compatible with third-party capsules), the Gran Lattissima allows you to create perfect Barista quality recipes every time at the touch of a button. You can choose from 9 one-touch beverages selections, including foamed milk recipes, flat milk recipes, and rich, creamy coffee and espresso recipes. It has a 44 oz reservoir, 17 oz milk container, and integrated frother to create latte art and do-it-yourself specialty drinks.
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Nespresso Lattissima Pro
Stainless steel Lattissima model (compatible with third-party capsules) with hot water descaling alert assisted cleaning system, the Lattissima Pro’s Automatic Cappuccino System creates perfectly layered espresso beverages ( including ristretto, espresso, lungo, cappuccino, latte, and hot water), with dense, rich, long-lasting foam in every cup from start to finish each of the coffee, water, and milk options can be adjusted for the desired volume. It has a 16 oz milk container, a large 44 oz water reservoir, and 6 preset recipes on an interactive touchscreen display to make anyone a home barista. Use its integrated frother to create latte art and do-it-yourself specialty drinks.
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Nespresso Lattissima Touch
Nespresso Lattissima Touch (compatible with third-party capsules) offers a simple one-touch button for Coffee and milk lovers to prepare 6 one-touch recipes: creamy latte, latte macchiato, cappuccino, warm milk, perfect Espresso, or Coffee. It has a large 44 oz water reservoir, 12 oz milk container, and an integrated frother, perfect for creating a rich, long-lasting, creamy foam.
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Nespresso Lattissima Plus
One of Nespresso’s one-touch specialty beverage systems (compatible with third-party capsules), the Lattissima Plus has the attached, easy-to-use, 12 oz milk dispenser, 30 oz water reservoir, and an integrated milk frother that steams the milk and helps to create latte art and 4 preset recipes for easy one-touch specialty beverage brewing.
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Nespresso Lattissima One
Part of Nespresso’s 5 Lattissima machines (compatible with third-party capsules), the Lattissima One offers the perfect cup of Espresso and Lungo along with 3 milk recipes: Espresso Macchiato, Cappuccino, and Latte Macchiato. It has a 34 oz water reservoir and a milk jug with a detachable lid and sensor that uses all milk in a 4 oz milk container.
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Nespresso OriginalLine Discontinued Models
Nespresso U (Discontinued)
Nespresso’s smallest machine with a 27-ounce water tank, preset 0.85 oz ristretto size, 25 seconds fast pre-heat time, the now-discontinued U has a sleek design and aluminum exterior. Light indicator for empty water tank and full capsule dispenser holds 12 used capsules.
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Nespresso Prodigio (Discontinued)
One of Nespresso’s small machines, the Prodigio, has 3 programmable buttons with automatic flow stop for Ristretto, Espresso, and Lungo sizes and a foldable drip tray for different cup and glass sizes. The machine has hermetically sealed and recyclable aluminum Nespresso capsules that lock in freshness and provide exceptional taste. The ‘machine’s removable used capsule container holds up to 19 used capsules, and it has a removable 27 oz water tank.
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Nespresso Expert (Discontinued)
One of Nespresso’s wireless connectivity models, the Expert, offers 4 coffee brew sizes from 0.85 oz ristretto to 5.05 oz Americanos, a Hot Water only mode, WiFi connectivity, Separate coffee and water lines with FLOW STOP, three temperature levels with 30-second heat-up time, and a unique design (Anthracite grey with aluminum details) you won’t find with any other models.
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Nespresso KitchenAid (Discontinued)
The unique Nespresso machine available, the Nespresso KitchenAid, offers six strengths of your choice of specialty coffee to perfection. You can create your favorite specialized brew in one of 3 settings: 0.85 oz ristretto, 1.35 oz espresso, and 3.70 oz lungo. Easy loading capsule system, brew-strength selector, 1.3-Liter Removable water tank, all-Metal, die-cast construction enhance its functionality.
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Nespresso Creatista (Discontinued)
One of Nespresso’s more premium models, Creatista has automatically integrated milk frother, a digital display with custom sizes from 0.85-5 oz, 3 milk temps, and 3 milk textures. Creatista’s integrated steam pipe with one-touch settings for foam gives you total control over your milk foam.
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Nespresso Atelier (Discontinued)
An Original Line machine with integrated steam pipe and whisk under brew spout, the Nespresso Atelier comes with a frothing pitcher, 3 cup sizes: 0.85 oz ristretto, 1.35 oz espresso, 3.70 oz lungo, 34 oz rear-seated removable water tank. It has some other features: Auto-Off after 9 minutes, 3-second heat-up time, 3 texture levels and 3 milk temps, 9 pre-programmed drinks including ristretto, espresso, lungo, cappuccino, latte macchiato, mocha, iced frappe, hot foam, and cold foam.
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Nespresso Gran Maestria (Discontinued)
A feature-rich OriginalLine model with easy insertion and ejection of capsules holds 10 to 14 used capsules, fast pre-heating time: 25-seconds, automatic and adjustable coffee volume quantity dials. It has a pivoting cup shelf that accommodates tall recipe glasses, an automatic cup heater, Aeroccino4 stainless steel milk frother, ability to froth cold or hot milk, and it offers 10 shot sizes from 0.85-5.05 oz.
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Best Nespresso Compatible Machines with OriginalLine Pods
Mixpresso Espresso Machine
One of the best Nespresso compatible machines, the Mixpresso Nespresso Compatible Espresso machine offers barista-style coffee every time, perfectly extracting the delicate flavor of each coffee capsule! The machine has a 25-30 Seconds heat-up time, 0.8-liter water tank, folding cup tray perfect for taller glass recipes, and auto-off after 9 minutes.
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Instant Pod by Instant Pot
Notable for its 2-in-1 function, Instant Pod is compatible with all single-serve K-Cups, generic universal reusable K-Cups, and original Nespresso capsules. The machine has a 19 bar high-pressure pump that delivers optimal espresso flavor extraction and one-touch programs for 2 oz, 4 oz, and 6 oz Nespresso’s capsules and 8 oz, 10 oz, and 12 oz K-cups. It fits for espresso cups and smaller coffee mugs, 7-inch tall travel mugs (most 16 oz mugs), and is perfect for single and long shot espresso. Large 68 oz removable water reservoir is easy to handle. By far, this is the best Nespresso-compatible machine ever.
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Nespresso Original Line Machine Guide
What’s a Nespresso Machine?
For those who don’t know, Nespresso is a single-serving espresso machine, like the Keurig, which produces coffee like espresso, double espresso, ristretto, lungo, Vertuo coffee, an Americano from a single serving pod. These machines work by piercing both ends of the coffee pod, heating the water, and passing the hot water inside the pod by pressure. The coffee goes straight to your cup, ready to sip. When we compared Nespresso machines with other pod machines, we found Nespresso machines to be superior to all other coffee pod machines. You have to choose your favorite of their coffee offerings, pop the pod in your Nespresso coffee maker, and you’ll have a drink in seconds.
How to Use a Nespresso Machine?
Nespresso coffee makers vs. traditional espresso machines are very easy to use. Coffee making is very simple; you have to let the machine warm up, insert the capsule, and choose the desired drink. You can also calibrate your machine to make espresso shots at a specific size and strength; to do this, hold down the beverage button for at least three seconds, and after the shot starts pouring, release the button when you reach the desired amount. Your machine will remember it for the next brew.
Key Features of the Nespresso Machines (Discontinued Models)
Product Line: OriginalLine.
US/CA Manufacturer Partners: Breville and DeLonghi.
UK Manufacturer Partners: Krups, Magimix, and Sage by Heston Blumenthal.
External Material: Nespresso KitchenAid has Aluminum, Nespresso Creatista has full stainless steel, and the rest have recycled plastic bodies.
Integrated Milk Frother: Nespresso Creatista and Nespresso Atelier come with integrated milk frothers.
Milk Frother: Nespresso Creatista and Nespresso Atelier have Swivel frothing arms included with one-touch settings for hot foam. You have to purchase a separate milk frother for milk recipes for other machines.
Milk Container: Nespresso Creatista and Nespresso Atelier come with frothing pitchers, while others have no milk container.
Milk Recipes: You can make cappuccino, lattes, latte macchiato, and other milk recipes.
Cup Sizes: All these machines have cup sizes: 0.85 oz ristretto, 1.35 oz espresso, 3.70 oz lungo, additionally Nespresso Gran Maestria has 10 cup sizes from 0.85 – 5.05 oz, a and Nespresso Expert brews 5.05 oz americano and 6.75 oz hot water along with ristretto, espresso, and lungo.
Pressure: All these machines have 19 bar pump pressure.
Spent Capsules: Nespresso KitchenAid and Nespresso Gran Maestria have 14 spent capsules, Nespresso Prodigio has 18, Nespresso U has 12 and the rest machines have 10 spent capsules.
Weight: All these machines have different weights.
Water Tank: Nespresso Creatista (50 oz), Nespresso Atelier (34 oz), Nespresso Expert (37 oz), Nespresso KitchenAid (44 oz), Nespresso Prodigio (27 oz), Nespresso Gran Maestria (47 oz), Nespresso U (27 oz).
Hot Water Spout: No
Dimensions (in) WxDxH: All these machines have different sizes.
Wireless Connectivity: None of these machines have wireless connectivity.
Other Features: All these machines Auto-Off after 9 minutes.
Price: All these machines have different prices; check their prices on Amazon.
OriginalLine Vs VertuoLine
Nespresso is a popular brand of espresso machine that many people enjoy using. But before you buy one for yourself, make sure to compare the newer Nespresso VertuoLine vs. Original models because there are differences between them and will suit your needs better.
It’s my pleasure to help you with this decision.
I like them both, which one should I choose? Let me explain how they differ and why that may matter for your morning, joe!
Pros of Nespresso OriginalLine
- High pressure 19 bar pump.
- Both expensive and less expensive varieties are available.
- A large number of varieties
- You can save money on coffee by using third-party Nespresso capsules for this line.
- A large range selection of compatible and branded Nespresso capsules
- You can choose a built-in or a separate frother.
- Perfect for limited kitchen space
- They make a velvety crema.
Cons of Nespresso OriginalLine
- A few brew choices
- A bit noisy than VertuoLine machines
- The water tank of most original line machines is small.
Pros of Nespresso VertuoLine
- They make a thicker crema.
- You can select a large number of coffee drinks.
- Descent operations without making a noise
- Easy barcode system
- All VertuoLine machines can brew espresso and larger drinks akin to standard pour-over coffee.
Cons Nespresso VertuoLine
- Vertuo capsules are more expensive than OriginalLine capsules.
- No more varieties
- A Vertuo machine brews coffee with centrifugal force rather than high pressure.
- You cannot get third-party Vertuo capsules except Starbux Vetuo capsules, so you are limited to Starbux and Nespresso’s coffee offerings using a Vertuo machine.
OriginalLine Brewing Technology
Despite their unique design, all Nespresso original line machines work the same way. When you insert a compatible capsule and close the seat, it punctures the capsule several times from above. The coffee machine pumps the right amount of water from the water tank to the capsule according to the size of the beverage you choose.
Each Nespresso capsule contains a filter that ensures no coffee ground in your coffee cup. The machine rotates the waterline around the heating element to reach the perfect temperature. The device continues to pump hot water into the capsule under high pressure until the capsule releases a rich, crema-topped good espresso.
VertuoLine Brewing Technology
The VertuoLine system brings the Vertuo coffee closer to the American style of filtered coffee, with a thick layer of crema. It is a magic of centrifugal force. Since Nestle Nespresso introduced the Vertuo coffee system, Nespresso’s market share has grown significantly compared to its competitors throughout the United States and especially in North America.
The biggest difference between the brewing system of Nespresso Original Line and VertuoLine is that in Original Line machines, you press the button to select the size of the beverage. At the same time, each Vertuo capsule has a bar code that the Vertuo machine reads to automatically brew the right size for that particular coffee or espresso with just a touch of a button.
What are the Similarities Between Nespresso OriginalLine Machines Overall
USA and Canada partners: De’Longhi and Breville
UK Partners: Krups and Magimix
Pressure pump: All OriginalLine machines have 19 bar pump pressure for capsule extraction.
Heat-up Time: All OriginalLine machines have a quick heat-up time.
Auto-Off function: All OriginalLine machines auto-off after 9 minutes, which is adjustable.
What are Nespresso Capsules?
Nespresso offers two types of capsules: OriginalLine and Vertuoline. Original capsules can be used in OriginalLine machines, and Vertuo capsules can be used in Vertuoline machines. Nespresso fills these capsules with high-quality Arabica and Robusta beans, which it collects from countries producing high-quality coffee beans in Central and South America, Africa, and Asia.
Each OriginalLine capsule contains 5–7 grams of ground coffee, while the Vertuo Gran Lungo capsules contain 9.5 grams of ground coffee. You can also save money on Nespresso capsules by buying in bulk, as they stay fresh for months and even up to years.
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OriginalLine Cup Sizes
Nespresso offers three different capsule sizes for all OriginalLine machines: Ristretto (25 ml) or (0.85 oz), Espresso (40 ml) or (1.35 oz), and Lungo (110 ml) or (3.7 oz), not all original line machines offer the same cup sizes, there are following variations:
Nespresso CitiZ, Nespresso CitiZ & Milk, Nespresso Pixie, and all such small Nespresso models offer only espresso and lungo cup sizes, while all Nespresso discontinued models offer ristretto with espresso and lungo. And if you want to taste latte, macchiato, and latte macchiato with espresso, then check out the Nespresso Cretista series and the Nespresso Litsima series. And if you just want a big cup of coffee like Gran Lungo, Vertuo machines will serve you better.
VertuoLine Capsule Sizes
A Vertuo coffee is longer than an Original coffee. Nespresso offers five different capsule sizes for all Vertuo machines: Espresso (1.35 oz), Double Espresso (2.7 oz), Gran Lungo (5 oz), Coffee Mug (7.8 oz), and Alto (14 oz) capsules programmable from 0.3-17 oz, while Nespresso Vertuo Nest offers 18 oz pour-over style coffee.
Can I make Double Espresso with My Original Line Machine?
The simple answer is no! Because Double Espresso is a Nespresso cup size which you can only make with Double Espresso capsules, and only VertuoLine machines are compatible with Double Espresso capsules.
How to Make Latte Macchiato With an Original Line Machine?
Simply buy a separate milk frother if your machine doesn’t have an integrated milk frother! You can buy Arocciono3, Arocciono4, or what your machine is compatible with. Connect the frother with your Original machine, froth your milk, and now you can make macchiato, latte, latte macchiato, flat white, cappuccino, and all espresso-based and other milk recipes with your Original machine.
What is the Difference Between Coffee and Espresso?
Espresso and coffee may look different, but they are not. Espresso is a type of coffee, but you can say that all espresso drinks are coffee but not every coffee drink is espresso. Espresso is a method of making coffee in which a small, concentrated shot is made using high water pressure and finely ground beans (the term also refers to a shot). To make espresso, a manual espresso machine or a traditional espresso machine makes espresso with finely ground coffee beans. One of the distinguishing features of espresso, in addition to its concentrated flavor and more syrupy body, is a top layer of foam called crema, a by-product of the high-pressure extraction process.
Espresso Based Drinks
Espresso can be mixed with milk (or extra water) to make other espresso-based drinks, such as latte, macchiato, latte macchiato, cortado, flat white, cappuccino, marocchino, frappuccino, Americano, and many more. And the fun part is that you can easily make all of these recipes by buying a separate milk frother with any of Nespresso’s Original or Vertuo machines.
Brewing Coffee Vs. Brewing Espresso
There are a lot of coffee brewing methods like French Press, Cold Brew, Percolator, and more, but you can brew a simple coffee by adding hot water to finely or coarsely ground coffee beans. On the other hand, for brewing espresso by extracting coffee pods, you need Keurig, Tassimo, Dolce Gusto, Lavazza, or Nespresso devices. And if you want to brew traditional espresso drinks, you can fulfill your requirements by any traditional, manual, or traditional espresso machine.
Can you make drip coffee with Nespresso?
Both are different things: Drip coffee is made by letting boiling water drip slowly through finely-ground coffee, on the other hand, whereas Nespresso coffee is the more general term for a group of coffee preparations by Nespresso pods based on espresso, which is far more different from it. Drip coffee yields a definite taste, whereas Nespresso espresso coffee can produce various tastes depending on how it was prepared.
Nespresso Milk Frothers
A good frother is very important in your kitchen tools if you are looking for specialty coffee. Nespresso offers three types of frothers:
- Automatic built-in frothers in the shape of swivel frothing arms
- Integrated frothers
- Separate frothers
Swivel Frothing Arms (milk frother wand)
An electric-powered milk frother wand is a small electric coffee and milk mixer in Nespresso Original machines. It froths the milk automatically by spinning its attachment on the selection or push of a button. You can get this facility in Nespresso Creatista, Nespresso Creatista Pro, Nespresso Creatista Plus, Nespresso Creatista Uno, and Nespresso Atelier.
Integrated Milk Frothers
Most, if not all, Nespresso Original machines come with integrated frothers that you can use to froth milk for a delicious cup of cappuccino or latte. With an integrated automatic milk frother, you have to fill a milk tank or frothing pitcher and push a button or select from the menu, and the Original Nespresso machine will do all the frothing. All 5 models of the Latissima series come with built-in milk frothers.
Separate Milk Frothers
When using a Nespresso coffee maker, a separate milk frother is the best option because you can use it as a kitchen tool to transform milk into thick and silky foam, microfoam, and the alternate heating disk to make hot milk for cocoa and other milk recipes. And after you prepare your frothed milk, you can easily add it to coffee and espresso to make cappuccinos, lattes, and more.
Either Nespresso OriginalLine machines that don’t have an integrated milk frother and all Nespresso Vertuo machines come with separate frothers.
Most of the users prefer to use two separate tools for brewing coffee and if this is the case, then buying a Nespresso Original or Vertuo machine, and a standalone frother is your go-to option. However, if you prefer the convenience of having a Nespresso machine with a built-in milk frother, there are plenty of options out there.
Nespresso Recycling Program
In recent years, Nespresso has also stepped up its capsule recycling process due to strong criticism from environmentalists, offering free recycling bags that you can order directly from your home or pick up from multiple locations. Once full, you can send it back to the nearest UPS or Nespresso boutique.
Pro Tip: Dry used Nespresso pods in a well-dried bowl and put them in recycling bags to protect them from odors.
Save Mony on Nespresso Capsules
Reusable capsules, typically made from stainless steel, are the best way to save money, cut down on waste, and enjoy a fresh and strong coffee. You can use these stainless steel pods in any type of your Nespresso machine: either OriginalLine or VertuoLine.
Buy whole coffee beans. Now you need to have beans ground fine enough for an espresso, so access to a coffee shop that will do the job or buy a premium coffee grinder and grind the whole beans yourself. You may also be able to find ground espresso coffee online or at your local grocery store.
Verdict: Which is the best Nespresso OriginalLine machine?
When we tested all the Nespresso OriginalLine machines, we found that each Nespresso model has its characteristics. But when the question arises as to which is the best OriginalLine machine, you should ask yourself whether you want a budget-friendly machine, like Essenza Mini or a machine full of all facilities. If you do not have a budget problem, then either Nespresso Creatista Pro or Lettisima Pro is the best option for you. And if you want a budget-friendly machine that allows you to make coffee and espresso drinks, the Essenza Mini is the best OriginalLine machine for you. Buy the affordable Essenza Mini machine, buy a separate frother, and enjoy latte art with espresso.